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Estimates of the Effect of Parents’ Schooling on Children’s Schooling Using Censored and Uncensored Samples

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  • de Haan, Monique

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    (University of Oslo)

  • Plug, Erik

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    (University of Amsterdam)

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In this paper we estimate the impact of parental schooling on child schooling, focus on the problem that children who are still in school constitute censored observations, and evaluate three solutions to it: maximum likelihood approach, replacement of observed with expected years of schooling, and elimination of all school-aged children. Plug (2004) – a recent mobility study that relies on censored data – serves as an illustration. With updated and uncensored versions of previous samples, we re-examine Plug’s estimates and test how the three correction methods deal with censored observations. The one that treats parental expectations as if they were realizations seems to fix the censoring problem quite well.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2416.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2416

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  1. Black, Sandra E. & Devereux, Paul J. & Salvanes, Kjell G., 2003. "Why the Apple Doesn't Fall Far: Understanding Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital," IZA Discussion Papers 926, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  1. Monique de Haan, 2008. "The Effect of Parents' Schooling on Child's Schooling: A Nonparametric Bounds Analysis," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 08-061/3, Tinbergen Institute.
  2. Chiara Pronzato, 2008. "Why Educated Mothers don’t make Educated Children? A Statistical Study in the Intergenerational Transmission of Schooling," Discussion Papers 563, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  3. Chen, Wen-Hao & Aydemir, Abdurrahman & Corak, Miles, 2008. "Intergenerational Education Mobility Among the Children of Canadian Immigrants," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2008316e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  4. repec:dgr:uvatin:2008061 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Holmlund, Helena & Lindahl, Mikael & Plug, Erik, 2008. "The Causal Effect of Parent's Schooling on Children's Schooling: A Comparison of Estimation Methods," IZA Discussion Papers 3630, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. repec:ese:iserwp:2008-11 is not listed on IDEAS
  7. Chiara Pronzato, 2012. "An examination of paternal and maternal intergenerational transmission of schooling," Journal of Population Economics, Springer, vol. 25(2), pages 591-608, January.
  8. Graciela Sanromán, 2010. "Intergenerational Educational Mobility: evidence from three approaches for Brazil,Chile, Uruguay and the USA (1995-2006)," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 0110, Department of Economics - dECON.

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